The Solar Panel Community Garden – Destination Center
The Solar Panel Community Garden Destination Center is a project that was birthed from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teachings of The STEM Foundation program. This project will be an “Outdoor Classroom” application for their continual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teachings on Renewable Energy. They will become “The New Power Generation” and leaders in the community. This project will produce youth pioneers in Energy, the supply of fruits, vegetables for the seniors of the community and an educational destination for the entire city to visit and learn.
The project will be the culmination of lessons for the 3rd – 12th grade students of The STEM Foundation from the last two years on the following subjects and principles:
- A responsibility to serve the community.
- Science lessons that taught about the various forms of Alternative Energy.
- January 2013 tour to a South Union community resident’s home that is a distributor / producer of Alternative Energy. (Solar Panels)
- Summer 2013 participation in NASA’s Summer of Innovation program that educated them on Soil and Water Analysis.
- A visit to the Alabama Gardens in 3rd Ward to see an example of a garden.
Solar Panel Community Garden Print
The garden(s) will be on 2 properties in the South Union community that are adjacent to each other. Each is 50’ wide and 100’ deep, so the entire project will be 100’ wide and 100’ deep. (There’s also a lot next to it that we are trying to acquire an allow for a parking option).
The picture below (not at scale) attempts to reveal 2 separate gardens that will have Solar Panels on top. There will be a storage building in the middle back that will be for housing refrigerators for the harvest, generators, etc. to complete the delivery of power to Center Point Energy. We would like to have about 4 information Kiosks around the gardens and Play Ground in front of the storage building.